Monday, 28 September 2009

15 minutes of Ronan Keating in Hanoi

Boyzone front man Ronan Keating drew throngs of followers wherever he went during his short visit to Hanoi last week, no matter how secret his schedule was kept.
Visiting mainly to promote the opening of an International Watch Company (IWC) see shop on September 18, Keating was swarmed by dozens of youngsters
crying out for auto graphs and photographs at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel, where the shop launch took place.
His schedule had not been released to the public, but fans found him either way.
During his 15 minutes on the hotel’s stage, the 32 year old pop star crooned three of his most democratic love songs: “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “When You Say Nothing At All,” and “Life is a Roller Coaster.”
Earlier, Keating visited Agent Orange victims at the Hoa Binh Children’s Village, also known as Peace Village, in Thanh Xuan District. Hundreds of handicapped children stood around him and sang songs to welcome him.
For the kids at Peace Village, he sang a folk song from his native Ireland about the love between parents and children.
Keating, born on March 3, 1977, joined the Boyzone band when he was 17.
After Boyzone dissolved in 1999, he continued his success with a solo career, clocking up a total of 14 UK top 10 singles as well as four UK Number One albums that sold nearly two and a half million copies worldwide.
Last October, Ronan was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only artist ever to have 30 consecutive top 10 singles on the UK charts.
Ronan Keating rejoined his Boyzone bandmates in 2008 on a 29 day reunion tour. Boyzone released their comeback single on September 29, 2008, ennobled “Love You Anyway,” which was followed by a greatest hits album, released on October 13, 2008.

Friday, 25 September 2009

The Diary: boyzone; Ryan McGinley; Bonnie Greer;Krzysztof Wodiczko; Ben Bradshaw

Acid test for new Culture Minister
With each new Culture Minister comes a new set of paintings to furnish the office, chosen by the latest incumbent from the vaults of the Government art collection. Ben Bradshaw revealed the names of the six paintings he has just picked to hang on his walls, one of which advise a steathly love of acid house. The screenprint, by the radical Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller (best known for his work "Battle of Orgreave", a diversion of a violent clash between police and picketers during the miners' strike in 1984) is called "History of the World" and traces the links between the acid house scene of the late 1980s and traditional brass bands, as well as taking in themes of de-industrialisation, the miners' strike and press hysteria over ecstasy. Effusing over Deller's artwork, Bradshaw said: "This piece says a lot to me. It makes clear the connection between music and politics, which has always been important to me personally, to my political beliefs and musical tastes." He also chose a view of Polpeor Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall, by John Brett, because, "I actually needed a West Country seascape, having spent all my childhood holidays by the sea in Devon".

Friday, 18 September 2009

Boyzone: Boyzone singer visit to Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge The Irish pop star, Ronan Keating, will come in Hanoi on September 18 to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the IWC watch shop at the Sofitel Metropole hotel. This will be the first visit to Vietnam by a member of the world famous Boyzone band.

Keating will also sing at the ceremony.

Ronan Keating (born March 3, 1977) has had hits with the boy band, Boyzone, and also as a solo artist. He is one of two lead vocalists in Boyzone (with Stephen Gately). In October 2008, Ronan was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only artist ever to have 30 serial top 10 singles on the UK charts.

As a solo artist, Keating has clocked up a total of 14 UK top 10 singles as well as four UK Number One albums that sold nearly two and a half million copies worldwide. To date, Keating has released five solo albums, four of which went heterosexual to number one in the UK. The singer has had two sold out world tours, received Ivor Novello and BMI songwriting awards, published an autobiography, served as an ambassador for Christian Aid and sold in excess of 22 million albums across the globe.

Keating rejoined his Boyzone bandmates in 2008 on a 29 date reunion tour. Boyzone released their comeback single on 29 September 2008, entitled “Love You Anyway,” which was followed by a wonderest hits album, released on 13 October 2008.

On May 9, 2007, Ronan Keating became the first international number one selling foreign artist to perform a concert in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Boyzone's Ronan loves to bring family on Archerfield trips

HE is a global pop star who could pick any five star resort in the world to get away from it all.
But Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating likes nothing better than taking his family on holiday to East Lothian.The keen golfer has even become a member of the Archerfield Links course after holding a charity event there last year.He was there again at the weekend for the latest Ronan Keating & Sir Ian Botham Charity Golf Classic, and told the Evening News the area had become his favourite holiday spot.The 32-year-old said: "I come up here outside the event as well, with friends and my family, too. I love bringing the kids here. When I'm away a lot I need to go somewhere with my three kids and feel they are being diverted and there's certainly a good family atmosphere at Archerfield."Keating, who performed at a gala dinner in a marquee on the Archerfield estate on Sunday, and Botham raised over £135,000 from their event last year. Among those taking part this time around were rugby star Matt Dawson,snooker's Dennis Taylor and former football stars Trevor Steven and Phil Babb. Keating added: "While we started up at Gleneagles, it was such a great event at Archerfield last year that we decided to keep it here and I think this is it now I don't think we'll be moving anywhere because we love it here."With Muirfield and all the other great courses around, some people might have thought they were mad when it first came out that they were going to build two courses at Archerfield."But what they've done here is unbelievable. They've made it very special and very exclusive, I suppose, but, at the same time, it's also very homely and I think the staff have a lot to do with that."There are some great houses on the site, too, and, all in all, it is a really special place."The Open returns to Muirfield in 2013. "I've never played Muirfield but I would certainly like to," Keating said. "I love my golf and Barry, who has looked after me for 15 years, and I travel around the world with our golf clubs. "Any city we get to, we need to get the golf bag out and hit a few balls. It's a great way for me to shut down, switch off and get away from it all."Next up for Keating on the golf front is the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a star-studded pro-am being held at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns at the beginning of October.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Peter Andre visit To The South West

Much loved pop star Peter Andre is set to seem at the Big Gig Weekend taking place in Shepton Mallet from September 25 to 27.

Much loved pop star Peter Andre is set to seem at the Big Gig Weekend taking place in Shepton Mallet from September 25 to 27. Peter, 36, will perform on the Saturday night of the case, alongside the currently reformed Boyzone and Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity. His appearance will be one of the first performances after the release of his hotly anticipated new album Revelations. Peter will perform songs from this new album including new bingle Behind Closed Doors which raced to number four in the charts. He said: “I can’t wait to get on stage and perform some of my new songs as well as some old favourites. “The Big Gig is going to be excellent, I get to see old friends Boyzone and look the amazingly talented Diversity, Steve Appleton and Rhys Morgan and Mark Read former lead singer with A1.” Peter rose to fame in 1996 with his iconic breakthrough hit Mysterious Girl and has since gained popularity on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and various reality shows. The Big Gig Weekend will be the perfect showcase for Peter’s new music. Also performing at the event is sultry crooner James Morrison, who will appear on the Friday night, as well as local band Pinstripe, who will experience crowds of up to 8,000 for the first time in their careers. Sunday night will see classical starlet Katherine Jenkins perform stunning pieces attended by The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis. A special guest for this night is yet to be proclaimed. Guests are invited to bring chairs and picnics to create a perfect end-of-summer evening.